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Twenty years of Castillejo vs. From the pot

Emilio Marquiegui
@EmilMarquiegui

At this time, June 23, marks the twentieth anniversary of one of the most vital fights in the historical past of Spanish boxing. The Madrilenian Javier Castillejo, WBC tremendous welterweight world champion, put his title on the line at MGM in Las Vegas towards the nice world star, the American Oscar de la hoya, one of the greatest of all weights at the moment.

Castillejo was making his sixth protection of the title he gained in Leganés towards Keith Mullings two and a half years earlier, whereas De La Hoya was looking for his world title at a fifth weight, having been in the earlier 4 classes.

This I wrote right here in ESPABOX, twenty years in the past, in the preview of the battle:
06/23/01
«The second anticipated by any boxer has arrived for Castillejo, the battle of his life, the unforgettable battle full of fame, {dollars} and recognition. In the case of the Madrilenian it’s one thing that comes after loads of effort, sticky streaks of discouragement, and great need to win.

One of the most constantly run careers in Spanish boxing. A fighter with 55 skilled fights, with out absurd or hasty fights, following in the pure footsteps of the champion.

Coincidentally, our two greatest boxers of the final fifteen years, Poli and Castillejo, disputed the World Cup as official aspirants, not with shameless items from some organizations, which they made to different boxers who, logically, didn’t obtain the purpose.

The Lince arrives by the greatest strategy to face De la Hoya. It couldn’t be in any other case. A Spaniard daring to method the nice American stars with out no less than two or three world titles, is unthinkable. That is how Castillejo has arrived. Some prestigious publications take into account Madrid the second greatest tremendous welterweight of the second behind Fernando Vargas. Is six world championships sufficient accreditation to have the ability to preserve the belt? The presentation is magnificent, however Customs Officer De La Hoya has many ensures to forestall the WBC tremendous welterweight world crown from leaving the United States.

In fact if Castillejo manages to beat the American it will likely be the most vital feat in the historical past of Spanish boxing. Six world titles and beat De La Hoya. Culminating.

Obviating that we would like our compatriot to triumph, and whether it is in the first spherical higher to avoid wasting us nervousness, I need to say in my forecast that it’s actually tough.

I used to be one of the few who trusted Poli when he confronted Whitaker. It was virtually unattainable, however Poli had unpredictable blows that would run over any candy pea. They have been tough weapons to use, however they existed, they usually gave some confidence. It was a special fashion from Castillejo. The world champion could be very robust, knowledgeable, courageous, however he doesn’t have a deadly blow that may finish a battle, particularly towards guys like De La Hoya, who’ve confronted fearsome punchers like Trinidad or Quartey. The chances exist, and we dream of them, however they’re scarce in comparison with these of the North American, fed up with the fights of the century, combating at residence, with spectacular pace, and a punch increased than that of the Spanish.

I believe that Castillejo just isn’t going to exit to alternate blows, it will be suicide, in the adjustments De La Hoya would win by a landslide. It ought to pose an elusive fight, in the medium-long distance, drawing exact palms because it did with Keith Mullings or with Tony Marshall. If De la Hoya has a nasty day, he can’t discover Castillejo, and the Spaniard shines like in these two fights, the belt will go customs. However twelve rounds are loads and the ring is small for a person who presses properly and could be very quick like the American.

Will you be comfy in the De La Hoya class? Will it’s one thing slower? Elements that would assist the Spanish victory. The longer the battle lasts, the higher for Castillejo, as a result of of his prospects in fight, and since of his picture, which is able to make him brighten his skilled future even when he loses ».

And De la Hoya snatched the crown from Castillejo as we anticipated, attacking and the Spaniard taking part in his methods, which have been based mostly on discovering the Golden Boy on the counter.
The American bought the unanimous victory on the factors, the three judges coinciding with 119-108, whereas we noticed 118-109, after the fall of the Spanish in the final spherical.

One thing would have in frequent the two fighters a number of years later, they’d even be world middleweight champions and in addition profitable the identical rival, Felix Sturm, though Castillejo in a way more forceful manner.

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